Hello Future Badgers!
Many of the other tour guides are writing about their residence experiences here at Brock, and I figured that I would do the same thing! This is actually my third year living in residence! My third year!! Now, I’m not just your average third-year student who is living in Res again, oh no Future Badgers, I am a Residence Don!
I work for the Residence Life Staff (RLS) here at Brock along with fellow tour guide Doreen, and wow what an experience it has been! If you don’t already know, a Residence Don (sometimes called an RA, Community Advisor, Adult Babysitter..although we don’t like that one very much…) is an upper year student who is staffed by the department to help you with the transition from high school into University!
As a member of the RLS, I do all sorts of stuff in Residence, everything from getting to meet so many wonderful lifelong friends, to planning programmes for my students, to building a long-standing community in Residence and much, much more!
It’s a pretty sweet gig, I must admit…I get to work with an incredible staff of 70+ people who have all become a support structure for each other; we are always here to help one another, even with things outside of Residence Life, like homework and classes and such. I also get the absolutely AMAZING opportunity to meet Badgers just like you! Being a Don affords me the chance to meet super cool folks that I get to know on a personal level, students who turn into my friends and who I love being able to share my residence experience with!
Of course, it’s not all fun and games working with the RLS. It does take a lot of hard work and dedication to be able to keep up with the requirements of the job, but I manage to have fun and continue to love my job while doing it.
If there is one thing that being a Residence Life Staff member has taught me, it’s how to time manage! There are so many things to keep up with, it’s important to maintain the balance between my student life and my staff life in order to keep my grades up and keep my students happy! So not only has being a member of the RLS contributed to my incredibly exhaustive list of social life things, it’s also been a huge factor in keeping me balanced as a student.
I absolutely LOVE talking about the RLS and sharing all of my experiences with all of you Future Badgers, so look forward to more posts in the future about this very thing!!
Until next time…Brock On Badgers!
The Brock Residence Life Staff begins the Residence Don hiring process in mid-January, stay tuned for more details closer to the opening date.